I’d been meaning to visit the Life Cafe on Cheyne Street for some time, so when I had an afternoon meeting at the Western General and a little time window before it I took to opportunity to pop in.A community centre cafe in a style I tend to enjoy, it’s part of Life Care which in turn is part of the complex of buildings appended to the Bridge Family Church on Cheyne Street.
Service was at the counter from a friendly band of volunteers and staff.
The menu held quite a variety of things from pizza to sandwiches to daily changing soups and a hot dish of the day. I opted for the latter which was beef stew. This was served with roast or mash potatoes and peas.
A generous portion was dished up and I was soon in one of the brightly coloured seats in the sunny cafe space ready to commence munching.
As I’ve said many times before, I despair at our city’s pub grub all too often meaning burgers rather than hearty fare like this. I’d vastly prefer to see more stews on the menu as they’re an excellent showcase for the cheaper cuts of local meat.
This was a really enjoyable eat with a deeply flavoured stew packed with meaty chunks. The tatties weren’t quite to my taste but roasted spuds are always a contentious topic. The peas were decent and brought the required green freshness.
So overall, I really enjoyed my beef stew at Life Cafe. It’s a really smart space serving hearty fare that’s likely to please. Give it a visit next time you’re looking for a quick, inexpensive and filling bite in Stockbridge.
Blythe scores Life Cafe
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: beef stew
I drank: water
I wore: red trousers
Total bill: £4
Address: 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh EH4 1JB